To know what the president plans to say tonight, take a look at the guest list

posted at 4:15 pm on January 24, 2012 by Tina Korbe

All we need to know to know that tax reform will be a prominent part of the president’s speech tonight is that Warren Buffett’s secretary, Debbie Bosanek, will be in a box with the First Lady. Bosanek says she couldn’t sleep last night because she’s so excited — even though she knows she’ll have to wake up in time for a dawn flight tomorrow morning to be sure to report to work on time.

Bosanek isn’t the only interesting guest on the list, though. The First Lady has also extended invitations to: Steve Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs; outgoing Rep. Gabby Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly; and Adam Rapp, a cancer survivor that the Obama administration says was helped by Obamacare.

Obama will likely touch on something relevant to each of these guests: about efforts to stimulate technological innovation, for example; about what we learned from the Tucson shooting and the incredible story of Giffords’ recovery, perhaps; about the effectiveness of Obamacare, assuredly.

That’s not unusual; every president since Reagan has used guests to illustrate important points in his addresses. Personal anecdotes are always an effective way of touting a particular stance on an issue. Plus, they serve as an important reminder that policy matters because persons matter. Mentions of these guests — even if they’re misleading about the overall effects of Obama’s policies — will at least enliven a speech that otherwise promises to be dully divisive.


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Pass this bill now!

El_Terrible on January 24, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Corporate jet owners.

El_Terrible on January 24, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Warren Buffet.

El_Terrible on January 24, 2012 at 4:17 PM

All we need to know to know that tax reform will be a prominent part of the president’s speech tonight is that Warren Buffett’s secretary, Debbie Bosanek, will be in a box with the First Lady. Bosanek says she couldn’t sleep last night because she’s so excited — even though she knows she’ll have to wake up in time for a dawn flight tomorrow morning to be sure to report to work on time.

mAYBE SHE CAN GET ANOTHER SCUTTLE OF COAL WHILE SHE’S AT IT. Oh…wait…

WryTrvllr on January 24, 2012 at 4:18 PM

This is just one big Obama re-election rally.

Roymunson on January 24, 2012 at 4:18 PM

No Tiger Woods???

BigWyo on January 24, 2012 at 4:19 PM

He decline to invite the Supremes this time?

thirtyandseven on January 24, 2012 at 4:19 PM

“Pass this bill now, or all these people will die.”

-Barry E. Neuman

portlandon on January 24, 2012 at 4:19 PM

There are some who say…..

El_Terrible on January 24, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Kim Jong Un and Jeneane Garafolo?

Bishop on January 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Warren Buffett’s secretary, Debbie Bosanek, will be in a box with the First Lady.

Air holes optional.

Ronnie on January 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Let me be clear,

El_Terrible on January 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM

about what we learned from the Tucson shooting and the incredible story of Giffords’ recovery

No, it will be used for a scolding the GOP for the consequences of inflammatory rhetoric.

Wethal on January 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM

This is just one big Obama re-election rally.

Roymunson on January 24, 2012 at 4:18 PM

This.

So tired of the dog-and-pony shows these things have become. Will not watch.

Spannerhead on January 24, 2012 at 4:21 PM

D stands for Divisive, Duplicitous, Deceptive, Democrat.

kirkill on January 24, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Got the troops out of Iraq…

El_Terrible on January 24, 2012 at 4:21 PM

To know what he won’t say, just look at the unemployment list.

KyWriter on January 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

I killed Osama Bin Laden

El_Terrible on January 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

The CEO of Solyndra?

The family of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry?

The owner of Augusta National?

Bishop on January 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

“Republican obstructionism”

“Fair share”

“Healthcare for all”

“It’s going to take a second term, in light of the situation that was handed to me by my predecessor”

“Corpseman” – again

OhEssYouCowboys on January 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

We all must pay our fair share.

JPeterman on January 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Muammar Gaddafi’s corpse.

burserker on January 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Jay Z, Bill Ayers, and Satan?

Kataklysmic on January 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

lol El_Terrible.

“Kilt Bin Laden”

kirkill on January 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Should “bleep” out the following:
Fair Share, Millionaires, Billionaires, Corporate Jet Owners.I´m afraid there would be an awful lot of “bleeps”…..

gullxn on January 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

I’m thinking about 25 times we will here the word fair counting the times its mixed with share.

brut4ce on January 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

When he said ‘shovel ready’ ….he meant for us to listen to him with ‘an actual shovel’ …so we don’t get buried, listening to his schit!

KOOLAID2 on January 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Warren Buffet.

El_Terrible on January 24, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Warren “Buffet” must be the dude who eats a ton of food a year, but less than his secretary.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on January 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

An economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few

El_Terrible on January 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Bad Republicans. Bad. Bad. Bad.

JPeterman on January 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

I’m sure that these references to specific people work on the mushy middle – but I hate it. I don’t care who is doing it, Republican or Dem, it is tacky and trivializes important policy debates. It lowers the discourse and makes the office of president look small.

I mean, I can go out and find people in some circumstance or other to support or oppose just about anything. No law will do absolutely no good for anyone. Nor does a law doing some good for person “x” mean that the policy is good in a cost-benefit analysis or good for liberty.

W Bush did this also and it was painful then and is painful now. It is silly and should be stopped. Just as the applause by your own side’s caucus after every point should be shelved. Just give a damn speech without props and applause breaks.

We continue to lower everything in America to the lowest common denominator. I fully expect there to be video skits and other silliness in the state of the union in the future.

Monkeytoe on January 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Did he invite the architect of ObamaCare. Mitt Romney?

Gedge on January 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

To bad I’ll be watching the Portland Trailblazers winning tonight, instead of Pharaoh Obamseys II speech.

portlandon on January 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Just watch how he uses Giffords. The man has no bottom. No moral core or line he won’t cross to get what Barack wants, because that is, after all, what is most important in the world.

In ObamaWorld that is.

ObamaWorld is the newest hit at Disneyland, a world where you get whatever you want, no matter what you do, no matter what you say, and no matter whether you lifted a finger to earn it.

IndieDogg on January 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

This is just one big Obama re-election rally.

Roymunson on January 24, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Everything is just one big Obama campaign rally. It’s all he does, all he cares about.

Trafalgar on January 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Beyonce and child, Johnny Depp, Tim Burton, and Rachel Maddow.

burserker on January 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

In a way, I want this idiot to go ahead and pass the tax increases he so desperately wants.

Then, when it doesn’t budge the deficit or debt and creates even more economic damage and increase in unemployment, we can lay it at his feet and have him own it, ALL OF IT.

Opposite Day on January 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Can we have another drinking game thread for the speech?

First dibs on “pay their fair share.”

Nemesis of Jihad on January 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Enjoy the licking, Matthew Dowd.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Not watching it. No way in hades.

gophergirl on January 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Time to put childish politics aside

El_Terrible on January 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Words not on the teleprompter:

Fast
Furious
Solar
Panel
Death
Panel
Cheeseburger

kirkill on January 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Got the troops out of Iraq…

El_Terrible on January 24, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Don’t forget “I got bin Laden.”

Wethal on January 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Wind mills. High speed rail.

GrrandpaCaligula on January 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

The Pimp for Clunkers has never been a leader of the country, nor of anything else. Why should he change tonight?

It’s going to be the carnival for which the land should never, ever, forgive herself.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Is he having any Women present whose “Dreams were allowed to come true”???

portlandon on January 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

He decline to invite the Supremes this time?

thirtyandseven on January 24, 2012 at 4:19 PM

He didn’t even call the Shirelles.

The Rogue Tomato on January 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

“Uh”

OhEssYouCowboys on January 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

El_Terrible on January 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Bottoms up!

Nemesis of Jihad on January 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Can we have another drinking game thread for the speech?

First dibs on “pay their fair share.”

Nemesis of Jihad on January 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

I’m out, Can’t afford it, I have a job…

kirkill on January 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

YES WE DID

El_Terrible on January 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Warren “Buffet” must be the dude who eats a ton of food a year, but less than his secretary.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on January 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

FIBER,….for the vegans

WryTrvllr on January 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Why would anyone outside of pundit world listen to Obama’s drivel? If I want to see someone lie I just ask my wife what she shopped for last week.

Archivarix on January 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

“Let me be clear”

OhEssYouCowboys on January 24, 2012 at 4:27 PM

2.7 million green energy jobs

Nemesis of Jihad on January 24, 2012 at 4:27 PM

“Arab spring”

OhEssYouCowboys on January 24, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Bosanek isn’t the only interesting guest on the list, though. The First Lady has also extended invitations to: Steve Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs; outgoing Rep. Gabby Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly; and Adam Rapp, a cancer survivor that the Obama administration says was helped by Obamacare.

Exploiting death and illness for political gain is utterly degrading and disgusting.

These two are clowns of the first degree.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Reagan did it to honor a man who jumped into the freezing cold Potomac to help passengers in an airplane crash into the river. A fine thing, but it started this tradition.

Wethal on January 24, 2012 at 4:27 PM

“Lead from behind”

OhEssYouCowboys on January 24, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Words not on the teleprompter:

Fast
Furious
Solar
Panel
Death
Panel
Cheeseburger

kirkill on January 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Mulligan
Titleist
Tee time is in 15 minutes

WryTrvllr on January 24, 2012 at 4:28 PM

And then Sasha came in and asked me, did you fix the economy daddy?

El_Terrible on January 24, 2012 at 4:28 PM

“To spend $4 Trillion is unpatriotic”

OhEssYouCowboys on January 24, 2012 at 4:29 PM

food deserts

Nemesis of Jihad on January 24, 2012 at 4:29 PM

“America is a fundamentally unfair nation which is why tonight I am announcing a new initiative to Congress to promote fairness in America. I call it the American Fairness Act, an initiative to make America more fair for all Americans in a fair way that takes into account the initiative of all Americans who strive for fairness in America. It will only cost two trillion dollars which sounds fair to me.

Thank you and good night.”

Bishop on January 24, 2012 at 4:29 PM

comprehensive immigration reform

Nemesis of Jihad on January 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Steve Jobs widow…the grieving woman is ripe to be “chosen”…

right2bright on January 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

He will probably say it is Bush’s fault and he needs more time.

The state of the union will be that we have made progress and unemployment has dropped and will be at 8% before the election and if reelected then he can continue his devastation, err I mean recovery.

jeffn21 on January 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Adam Rapp, a cancer survivor that the Obama administration says was helped by Obamacare.

Obamacare has already kicked in, I thought it wasn’t due until 2014.

RickB on January 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

In a way, I want this idiot to go ahead and pass the tax increases he so desperately wants.

Then, when it doesn’t budge the deficit or debt and creates even more economic damage and increase in unemployment, we can lay it at his feet and have him own it, ALL OF IT.

Opposite Day on January 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

I don’t EVER remember them feeling sorry or admitting failure……Nahhhh…FIGHT!!!

WryTrvllr on January 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

show & tell night: in box 1: Bin Laden’s head…in box 2: Sarah Palin’s uterus…

crowmangler on January 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

I’ve said in the past…I’m on record as saying…I’ve said all along…rinse…repeat

jangle12 on January 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

My favorite White Sox player is Tim Thomas

Nemesis of Jihad on January 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Enjoy your last SOTU ahole.

Can’t watch. Won’t watch.

fogw on January 24, 2012 at 4:32 PM

a 200 pound pile of feces?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT_xGQJYGZQ
oh sorry. that was al gore.

t8stlikchkn on January 24, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Fair
Fairness
Fairway
Not Fair that Boosh ruined everything.

All part of the drinking game.

search4truth on January 24, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Do nothing Congress…

(and the Dems will stand up and cheer)

Seven Percent Solution on January 24, 2012 at 4:32 PM

“They call my tax policies socialiiiiiiiiiiiiiiistic”

OhEssYouCowboys on January 24, 2012 at 4:33 PM

i will not rest….

t8stlikchkn on January 24, 2012 at 4:33 PM

“Since when did greed become a virtue?”

OhEssYouCowboys on January 24, 2012 at 4:34 PM

The owner of Augusta National?

Bishop on January 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

He hasn’t been invited to play their yet. That’s why he is off the guest list.

RickB on January 24, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Any of you HotGas subscribers up for a “Wall Street Fat Cats” drinking game.
I don’t do dat anymore but could watch you guys get hammered!

Otherwise “Paying their fair share” should have you under the table in short order.

ConcealedKerry on January 24, 2012 at 4:34 PM

I, me , Bush, uh me, I, the Republicans, um I, millionaires, me, ah the rich, me, I.

Maybe not in that order though.

antipc on January 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

We could give every person a job if only the rich would pay a little more

Nemesis of Jihad on January 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Maybe it will be something different.

PBHO sitting in a chair, quietly smoking a cigar while his henchmen drag off congressmen one by one, the survivors jumping to their feet and shouting how much they love Sadda….I mean Barack Obama.

Bishop on January 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

El_Terrible on January 24, 2012 at 4:17 PM

El_Terrible on January 24, 2012 at 4:17 PM

El_Terrible on January 24, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Dude, Ma’am, Very impressive. Hat Tip to you. A new version of the trifecta. Something for this new one to aspire to. Beautiful, Just beautiful.

Bmore on January 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

, me , Bush, uh me, I, the Republicans, um I, millionaires, me, ah the rich, me, I.

Maybe not in that order though.

antipc on January 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

+1!

Nemesis of Jihad on January 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Maybe it will be something different.

PBHO sitting in a chair, quietly smoking a cigar while his henchmen drag off congressmen one by one, the survivors jumping to their feet and shouting how much they love Sadda….I mean Barack Obama.

Bishop on January 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

amazingly, biden was first to go…..

t8stlikchkn on January 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Bishop on January 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Did you see that?

Bmore on January 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

We all must pay our fair share.

JPeterman on January 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

I’ll bet even money on this, hell I’ll even give odds. 1,000 – 1.

D-fusit on January 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM

You people really do hate disadvantaged people, don’t you? Well, you, Mitt, and his off shore accounts.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Will Al Green be in the house?

Nemesis of Jihad on January 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM

amazingly, biden was first to go…..

t8stlikchkn on January 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

He volunteered after one of PBHO’s thugs told Biden he was invited to a party and there would be cake.

Bishop on January 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Maybe it will be something different.

PBHO sitting in a chair, quietly smoking a cigar while his henchmen drag off congressmen one by one, the survivors jumping to their feet and shouting how much they love Sadda….I mean Barack Obama.

Bishop on January 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Don’t forget the lever action. (I knew there was a reason it took sooo long in the first place)

WryTrvllr on January 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Reagan did it to honor a man who jumped into the freezing cold Potomac to help passengers in an airplane crash into the river. A fine thing, but it started this tradition.

Wethal on January 24, 2012 at 4:27 PM

That’s bcuz the Dims can’t stop themselves from turning every(good) thing into a poorly-cloaked political maneuver.

stukinIL4now on January 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM

A PA teacher is heading to Washington, D.C. after receiving the invite of a lifetime. Sarah Ferguson, 48, will sit next to First Lady Michelle Obama during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

Ferguson has taught at Columbus Elementary in the Chester Upland School District for 21 years, according to the Inquirer. Recently Ferguson and other members of the Chester Upland teachers union said they would work without pay after the district ran out of money. Stopgap funding has since then been put in place, according to the Inquirer.

Chester-Upland is a mismanaged mess, but then so it Chester, PA.

Expect some digs at the GOP governor and GOP PA legislature for not being willing to throw more money down a rathole, I mean, “invest in the future.”

Wethal on January 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Maybe we’ll get lucky and the solar flare will knock out all TV transmissions at the most opportune time.

BobMbx on January 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Why so bitter, REAL America?

KeninCT on January 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM

So the Occupy CareBears will not be in the FLOTUS box? Shameful.

SickofLibs on January 24, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Nobody from the IMF? I hear they are looking for handouts.

beacon on January 24, 2012 at 4:41 PM

There are some who say…..

El_Terrible on January 24, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Yes, the Strawman family will be attending. And their cousins.

conservative pilgrim on January 24, 2012 at 4:42 PM

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